It’s October 15th, the deadline for Lauries to participate in my 45 Project, and I wanted to share the results. (Please see previous post for set up). Of the 45 Lauries to whom I had mailed $5 and a letter explaining my project:
4 were returned to me by the post office (9%)
3 returned the letters and the money on their own (7%)
4 participated and responded (9%)
Which leaves 75% and a big question mark. I’ll come back to that.
Of the Lauries who participated, 100% of them were surprised and delighted by this random idea. Hooray for kindred spirits, and THANK YOU, ladies, for being game! The first to respond was Laurie in Utah, who used the $5 as part the entry fee for an event that benefits Habitat for Humanity. Laurie was excited to attend the event, which was a way to give back while also getting a fun day out of it. Here’s where she went: http://outletsattraversemountain.com/event/4th-annual-shopping-extravaganza/2145476946/
Another Laurie, a trail runner, used the money to keep her local trails clean, and then wrote about it in her blog, here:
Laurie M., who was at breakfast at The Delectable Egg with a friend who had been through a lot recently, used the money to help with the bill and give props to the second waitress who was in training. Turns out in addition to being a good friend and tipper, Laurie is a also really talented artist: http://lauriemavesart.com/
Finally, Laurie on Merritt Island was nice to enough to email me to let me know that she also participated, but had to evacuate because of Hurricane Matthew (yikes!) so details are forthcoming. Just glad you are safe, Sister!
So, was this little social experiment a success? My best answer is yes and no. My original hypothesis was that people are naturally creative, resourceful and kind and the four Lauries who responded certainly embodied those traits. But my worry—that people will be creeped out that I found out their name, address and age—may have overridden any Lauries desire to participate. One Laurie sent her money back with a note saying she’d love to participate but it wasn’t a good time. The other two just came back, practically untouched. In today’s climate of Russian hackers, conspiracy theories, and anthrax, I can’t say I blame them.
I hoped this idea would catch on a little more, so I’m thinking about what I could have done differently. I would LOVE to find out what went on in the heads of the other 75%, but there’s no way to do that. So, I’m curious about a few things and I hope you can help:
Many thanks and love,
Laurie Shiers is an LA -based writer, coach and experience junky on a quest to find meaning in the mayhem.